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Cat woman Sally Nyolo

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Sally Nyolo
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Sally Nyolo is one of Cameroon’s most well established singers on the international scene. For a while she sang with the all-women a Capella band Zap Mama, but in her successful solo career she has given a new voice to bikutsi, a traditional female-dominated Cameroonian musical genre. On her latest, seventh album, Tiger Run, she marks out fresh musical territory, exploring the classic 6/8 bikutsi rhythms, but also soul, funk and even opera. She talks to RFI about letting the big cat get under her skin.

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Sally Nyolo is in concert at Paris’s New Morning on 15 October.

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